Having had to replace my Injustice 2 Harley Quinn costume, I went with another company. I thought I would do a comparison for those thinking about it and wanted the pros and cons.
Turnaround time: XCoser’s took a full month from order to delivery. Procosplay took 16 days.
Material: Both are pick up leather. XCoser’s is thicker and shinier than Procosplay’s. Both are constructed well.
Fit: With XCoser, even though I am a small on their chart, I ordered medium because I was unsure since it was my first costume shop order. I would say that the top fit true to their medium. I had to get a strapless +2 cup bra to fill it out. The pants are very very tight. I cant really sit very well in it. It really digs in and gives me a muffin top 🙁
With Procosplay, I fell into their large size. The top jusssst fits and the pants are a little loose, but not annoyingly so.
So piece by piece….Xcoser on the left and Procosplay on the right on all pictures
Jackets: I like the fit of the Xcoser’s. Its sturdy and comfortable. I wear it out as a regular jacket sometimes. Its not totally screen accurate, but I dig it. The emblem isn’t quite right and was my only real complaint.
With Procosplay its more screen accurate. They squished up the sleeves, which I don’t like. I love to wear my jacket pieces out, so Im not sure I would with this one with the sleeves permanently up. The epaulets also need to be secured. Emblem is accurate.
Winner = Both
Tops: Xoser cheated and made it a bustier. Its very short compared to how it should be. I feel weird wearing it without the jacket, so on hot days, I would swap in my Arkham City top instead. I also needed a +2 cup strapless bra to fit into it. See comments above about sizing.
Procosplay made an actual vest. My problem with it is the top between the shoulders and the breasts kinda puff out, while it is just fitting from the breast down. You could see way too much through the arm holes. I did bring in the seams at the top and that helped, but didnt fix it 100% However, it is wearable now sans jacket. On the plus side, its comfortable and I don’t have to wear a bra. Its also more screen accurate.
Cincher: XCoser’s is very thick and sturdy. Procosplay’s is a bit loose. The gap in front is much larger than I prefer and it has a different red as the trim for some reason.
Pants: You can see from the picture that the XCoser one is more of a slim fit cut and that Procosplay is more of a boot cut. XCoser barely fit me. It made my butt look great, but I couldn’t really sit. It also split on me along the belt area early June, hence trying a different company. I may tailor the Procosplay one’s a little bit, but now I can sit and do action poses.
Belts: XCoser’s is nice and thick….but barely fits on me. Procosplay’s is very long (likely to accommodate all sizes they carry) but can’t hold up too much
Winner: Neither, I bought a new one from Walmart for $6 that was similar in look to Procosplays =/
Pouches: Xcoser’s is large and with a snap shut. They are however shallow. Great for carrying trading cards. Procosplay’s is shorter but has more depth. The flaps don’t clasp but it didn’t matter.
Winner: Both. Its your preference and depends on what you intend to carry. Neither will carry a large phone. I have a tactical case that blends in.
Knee and elbow guards: Xcoser came with these weird fabric ones that cut off my circulation. Procosplay came with real guards.
Holsters (guns not included with order): XCoser’s snaps to your pants. They are accurate for the pistol intended. Procosplay’s the straps of the holsters are more accurate but the holster is not. Ive taken the top strap from Procosplay and put it on the holsters from XCoser.
Accessories: Xcoser came with none. I had to buy additional gloves and goggles for it. Procosplay came with goggles and gloves.
Overall my winner is Procosplay. XCoser is still a great choice if you are looking to save a few bucks and don’t mind waiting.
WNY Superheroes and Cosplayers had a blast at the Taste of Buffalo this year. Big thank you to Paula’s donuts for bringing us in. Kids of all ages really enjoyed seeing the different characters! I even ran out of trading cards to pass out! So next year, I would definitely bring more as well as wear costumes that have cards made up.
It also didn’t matter what my costume was, I was baking LOL Sure Susan, wear Black Widow on a 84 degree day XD
Hopefully, we’ll be back next year! 😀
So, at Flower City I had a little incident with my InJ2 pants and it split along the belt line. Thankfully not in other places 😡
After selling off a few things and getting some monies owed to me, I went ahead and ordered a new one. Im trying a different company, Pro cosplay. I had good recommendations for them and it looks more screen accurate.
Taste of Buffalo will be the last time I wear the current InJ2…but I have a back up costume in case my mending doesn’t hold up 😮
Hopefully at the end of this month Ill have a new one. Ironically the old old was delivered this month last year, so its a weird anniversary? o_O
I had a blast at the Cosplaycon hosted by Buffalo Comicon! I don’t think Ive ever been sooo busy at an event! I only got to circle the dealer room once, so I wasn’t able to say hi or have an extended conversation with a lot of folks – sorry! I tried to spend time with QCP and WNYSAC but I was pulled away a lot :O
I had the honor of being asked to be a panelist for cosplay basics. I will probably turn it into an article here soon. The audience was great! Then I was also a cosplay contest judge. There were a ton of great entries – the adult women’s division was especially difficult to decide!
I got to see some very good friends as well! My bestie Jamie from Rochester stopped by, Big Frank, Sally, and David also came! I enjoyed meeting all the new people. Some are even going to join WNYSAC
My Steampunk Star Lord went over surprisingly well. I always worry about my conceptual costumes LOL I even got a sketch of it for buying two prints from Under The Hood (I LOVE THESE GUYS). Word to the wise, wearing compression shirt and shorts under that costume was SMART!!!!! I have a few adjustments to make, but I am so wearing this again. Probably leave Rocket at home next time. Great for photoshoot ideas…not great for walking around with necessarily
All in all, it was a great time, but after doing the Food Truck Friday and the Ride for Roswell, I was 100% spent. My nap needs a nap! LOL
In other news, I need to replace my Injustice 2 Harley. Ive attempted to mend the pants and hopefully it will hold until I can get a replacement ;_;
Oooh long time no blog 🙁
So, since NFCC…
I turned 38 :O
I went to Flower City Comic Con for the first time on the 9th. Lots of great people!
I spent the following week building my steampunk star lord. Im waiting on one final mod part to come in and should be ready to go for the Cosplay Con on the 24th.
More later! 🙂
I had a GREAT time today with old friends and new at NFCC this year. We bought a lot of art and walked a ton! It was crazy busy!
Especially loved seeing my con buddies Jackie and TJ from out Toronto Trek days <3
This year we had a booth with Queen City Pinups! We had a blast, seeing old friends and making new ones 🙂 We were interviewed so many times, it was CRAZY! Big shout out to Con Security, Convention Center Security, and Buffalo’s Finest for handling my harasser. You guys are the best!
I ended up reducing my costume changes by two for various reasons. I skipped Lara Croft because 1) weapon policy 2) I really didn’t want to drag around anything extra LOL Besides, I feel quite fierce as American Dream 😀
I loved seeing all my artist friends and even getting recognized by a new one 🙂 There is a lot of new art in my house that we have to find places for LOL
Big thank you to our Ambassadors for being awesome, hope you ladies had fun! Also very big thanks to our friends for helping us out. Ken for the set up, Shawn and Keith from Queen City Bookstore to relieve Bob and I from booth duty, Mark for being our Penguin, and Kris for giving Scooby pee breaks 🙂
We’re already making plans for next year.
We will be heading to Niagara Falls Comicon on June 2nd socially. Then there will be many, many events leading into Buffalo Comicon’s FIRST Cosplay Con on June 24th. Be sure to check back for updates!
Yeah its been crazy busy! Between fun group activities, getting ready for the convention, and dealing with a straight up psycho, its been quite the juggle.
So firstly, we did Free Comic Book Weekend with Queen City Bookstore – it was a total blast seeing all the kids and meeting new people. There was even a Mini American Dream for me 😉 LOOK HOW ADORABLE WE ARE!!!!!
I was American Dream Saturday and Harley Quinn on Sunday 🙂
Bob has really been cranking out the prints for Nickel City Con. There will be a number of me in my various costumes as well as the other Queen City Pinups Ambassadors. So stop by and say Hi. Ill have various costume changes along the way, so feel free to come by multiple times 🙂
Costuming front: I have 2 new costumes on the way. One was a great sale on Black Widow at XCoser, so I had to (ONLY $50!!). The other will be my second supported costume and I don’t want to reveal it (although I do in one spot on the site), but it will be to capitalize on a couple of MCU movies coming out next spring….
WNY Superheroes & Cosplayers had a fantastic time at the Marvel Meet and Greet on Saturday April 28th at the Hamburg Palace. They were awesome and made a donation to Carly’s Club in our name.
The movie was AMAZING and I won’t spoil it for anyone, but I cannot wait until the next part 🙂
Some Cosplay Thoughts:
I see a number of people online who say they would cosplay except for ________ (fill in excuse). Id like to counter some of these.
-I’m too old
BS, youre never too old. Ive seen cosplayers in their 90s. Ill be one of them.
-I need to lose weight
Its all about making the costume flatter you. Pick a character you love and make it work. Don’t worry about screen accuracy – make it so you look amazing!
-I won’t wear it unless its perfect
Then you’ll be waiting a long time. Get over yourself and just do it
-I have kids
Dress them up too! Start them young!
-No one would know the character I pick
You’d be surprised. Also if its an awesome or unique costume, no one will care – they’ll admire it even if they don’t know who it is
I have social anxiety. I THRIVE in costumed settings. Costumes let people know what youre interested in and allows for conversation. They will come to YOU.
-Im worried about Pervs.
Beat them profusely. Or get security to do so. Cosplay is not Consent
-I don’t know how to sew.
Neither did I until about two years about. I modified store bought/thrift store finds and manipulated them into a likeness. In the last few years, there have been some really high quality costume shops over seas. The prices overall are pretty good.
Check places like Amazon, eBay, and Wish for accessories or even full costumes
-Its not as good as other people’s
So what? Everyone started somewhere. Closet cosplay is totally a thing. What everyday stuff do you have that’s close to a character? HAVE FUN
If you see a character that looks interesting, but don’t know much about, do it anyway! Take the extra time and research the heck out of them. Find out what universe they’re in, who they interact with, their personality and mannerisms, etc. Go own it!
If you decide to join a semi-professional troupe, keep in mind that they will have standards. Take the time and read their guidelines. If they reject you, remember it isn’t YOU theyre rejecting, but the costume. Most will let you join in a helper capacity until you improve your costume. Listen to the feedback and make your adjustments. Also consider that there may already be 4 people playing your character and most events will only allow one of said character. Consider back up characters. Also sometimes events would like specific characters/groupings, so it doesn’t hurt to have multiple costumes
Like the commercial says, JUST DO IT!
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Original characters belong to their respective copyright holders. No disrespect is meant in the creation of these costumes, only love for who they are.